The Most Overlooked Attraction Near Las Vegas

I allotted a few hours before sunset to spend exploring Valley of Fire State Park and I definitely wasn’t prepared for how beautiful it was going to be. After doing some research, I can’t believe how few people seem to know it even exists!

img_1556
Driving into Valley of Fire State Park you can really see how the park was named, the colours are amazing!

Ā I had looked the park up before arriving and knew there were a few spots I wanted to see, but the park has soooo many different trails and artifacts worth checking out, things like: arch rock, the seven sisters, beehives, elephant rock, petrified logs, balancing rocks, a place called Mouse’s Tank that was used as a hideout in the 1890’s…I wish I had enough time to see them all!

img_1594
Valley of Fire State Park is actually the oldest State Park in Nevada!

The main attraction I wanted to see was Elephant Rock. IĀ  wasn’t sure if I would be able to tell there was an elephant in the rock at all and also didn’t know exactly where to look. Almost immediately after starting on the trail though, I looked up and sure enough there was the elephant! It’s way more obvious than I thought and it doesn’t take much imagination to see, what do you think?!

img_1621
Admiring Elephant Rock at Valley of Fire State Park. Do you see the elephant?

Another feature of the park I was eager to see were the beehives. I was disappointed when I got there to find the area was closed except to group bookings, but there were some beehive structures outside of the main area that I was able to explore. You can still really get the sense for why they’re called beehives!

img_1586
The rocks here have eroded over time into shapes that really do look like beehives!

Unfortunately, because of the time many of the areas were closing and rangers were posted nearby ensuring everyone was leaving the park safely. I’ll definitely add Valley of Fire State Park to my future trips so that I can see more of this amazing park!

img_1641
Walking down one of the many trails at Valley of Fire State Park.
img_1673
Even the road through Valley of Fire State Park is beautiful. I wanted to stop at every turn and take a photo!
go-pro-valley-of-fire-5
If you can, plan your stop for sunset…it’s really beautiful!

5 thoughts on “The Most Overlooked Attraction Near Las Vegas

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s